Orthodox Christians Bless Red River In Fargo

Normally at this time of year, if the Red River Valley hears of anything regarding Orthodox Christianity and blessing water, it is a report from some faraway place like Russia or Greece.  What many might not know is that right here in Fargo, our small community has been blessing the Red River for the past few years.  Here is are a few photos from this event.  We blessing near the dike, where the current runs quickly enough that there is open water even in sub-zero temperatures.  No jumps in after the cross here, though, both because of temperatures and because of the current.  I toss and retrieve the cross myself.  Here are a few photos, courtesy Erik Hjelle: